Contemporary Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West: Insights into urban life: its opportunities, its rewards, and its challanges

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Lunchtime lecture held at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden.

This lecture will introduce the key concepts contained in a series of essays examining urban communities and societies in Asia and the West. The essays highlight issues that have emerged as the world experiences its new urban turn (as now more than 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas). One of the main messages of this collection is to point out that an urbanized world should be an improving place, one that is better to live in, a place where humans can flourish. These essays examine contemporary practices of what is termed ‘care of the self’ in cities in Asia and the West, including challenges to citizenship and even the right to the city itself. Written by a range of academics with different backgrounds (from architecture and urbanism, anthropology, social science, psychology, gender studies, history, and philosophy), their trans- and multidisciplinary approaches shed valuable light on what are sometimes quite old problems, leading to fresh perspectives and news ways of dealing with them. One thing that unites all of these papers is their people-centred approach, because, after all, a city is its people.
Period24 Mar 2021
Event titleInternational Institute for Asian Studies: Lunchtime lectures
Event typeSeminar
LocationLeiden, NetherlandsShow on map